Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Five Chinese nationals have been kidnapped by armed men in Democratic Republic of Congo, the Chinese Embassy in the country said in a statement.
The victims, three men and two women, were abducted from a mine site near the town of Kayelekwa — one of the biggest mining operations in Congo’s Equateur Province — according to the statement, published Tuesday on the Chinese embassy’s website.
On Tuesday evening, Congo’s government released a statement saying a search operation for the victims was “substantially underway.”
“The Republic of Congo, for the safety of the Chinese victims and their families, has deployed the military, police and various search and rescue teams,” the statement said.
The victims were taken from Kayelekwa, headquarters of the Congolese governor and also a popular tourist destination, the statement said.
The assault comes after a similar attack in September, in which six Chinese victims were abducted at the same mine site.
The Chinese Embassy is “providing all possible support to the victims and their families,” it said in the statement.